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John Hamati Joins Carefree Hospitality as
Vice President of Hospitality and Development

Panama City Beach, Fla. - December 2007– Due to an internal restructuring, effective Dec. 1, 2007 at Bay Point Marriott Golf Resort and Spa, John Hamati has taken on a new role as Director of Community Relations, representing Flautt Cornerstone.

In Hamati’s new role as Director of Community Relations, he will be representing Flautt Cornerstone in the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce, Bay County Chamber of Commerce, Marketing Committee with the Tourist Development Council, Airport Stewardship Committee, Bay Point Association, and Baytown Association. In addition to his role with Flautt Cornerstone, Hamati will also be joining Carefree Hospitality as Vice President of Hospitality and Development. 

When asked his vision of incorporating Carefree Hospitality with the Emerald Coast, Hamati replied, “My vision is to bring the expertise of Carefree Hospitality to the Emerald Coast by implementing ideas and working closely with developers in the management, planning and development of luxury projects.”

In Hamati’s position as Vice President of Operations for the Bay Point Golf Resort and SPA he was responsible for directing the operations and performance of the resort, which included a 320-room Marriott hotel, an 85-unit waterfront condominium development, a new upscale 11,000 square foot spa, and a country club facility with two golf courses including a Jack Nicklaus designed course.  Hamati joined Bay Point Marriott in May 2005 with a considerable experience managing and overseeing several top resorts and hotels throughout the national and international hospitality community.

Prior to his position as Vice President of Operations for Bay Point Marriott Golf Resort and Spa, Hamati served as General Manager and Director of Operations for The Woodlands Resort Conference Center and Country Club, just north of Houston, Texas. In his capacity as General Manager for The Woodlands Resort, Conference Center and Country Club in Texas, he was instrumental in repositioning the resort from an executive conference center to becoming a full service golf resort and spa.  John orchestrated the management and execution of the Shell Houston Open for consecutive five years, as well as, the daily club and golf operations which consisted of six signature golf courses, four club houses facilities, two fitness centers, Spa and 24 indoor and outdoor tennis courts.

About Carefree Hospitality, LLC
Carefree Hospitality, LLC was formed to leverage their considerable expertise and experience in creating and managing exceptional resorts, private golf clubs, and residential communities. They provide focus and guidance to help companies maximize the potential of their investment, generate efficiencies through close personal attention and sound financial management, and build on both market position and revenues by implementing strategic marketing plans custom-designed for each property

About Bay Point Resort Marriott
Nestled on a breathtaking 1,100-acre wildlife sanctuary, Bay Point Resort Marriott offers two of the most prestigious golf courses located along the Emerald Coast.  The championship golf courses include the serene Meadows golf course and the only Nicklaus Design golf course in Northwest Florida. Conveniently located just 15 minutes from Panama City Airport, Bay Point Resort Marriott offers 320 spacious guest rooms, including 60 newly renovated one-bedroom golf villas, gourmet and casual dining in four fabulous restaurants located on property including: 30 Degree Blue, a casual fine-dining restaurant; Kingfish, a casual restaurant serving American cuisine; Club 19, a relaxed restaurant serving breakfast and lunch; and Lime’s Bar & Grill, an open-air eatery located on the water.  Other resort amenities include: five Rubeco clay tennis courts; indoor and outdoor pools (six total, three heated); whirlpools; a full-service marina; the new Serenity Spa, a full-service spa and salon; and relaxing recreational activities.  The resort provides a luxurious setting for weddings, banquets, special events, and 40,000 square feet of flexible meeting space for conventions and company functions.  For more information on Bay Point Marriott, visit or call 850.236.6000.


Carefree Hospitality 

Also See: Managed by Intrawest Hospitality, the Origin at Seahaven Opens; The 329 unit Condo Hotel the Foundation for Towne of Seahaven, a Beach Urbanism Development in Panama City Beach, Florida / October 2007
Gene Murphy Appointed General Manager of Splash!, Sterling Resorts New Condo Hotel in Panama City Beach, Florida / September 2006


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